Google has teamed up with Movidius, a company specializing in machine vision and deep learning technology, to bring more intelligence to mobile devices. With this partnership, the hope is that more aspects of machine intelligence will be able to run locally on a phone, rather than needing to rely on cloud processing.
There's a deeply social aspect to VR, you just have to know where to look.
Samsung Gear VR users know that almost everything you do in that environment happens in the Oculus Store unless you sideload something, and currently the list of things worth sideloading are either seriously underdeveloped or deep in Adult Content territory. The one noticeable exception to this right now is the Altspace VR beta, an alternative VR experience that focuses on a deeply social experience.
Here's a quick look at AltspaceVR Beta on the Samsung Gear VR.
Google has announced that it has shipped more than 5 million Cardboard VR viewers — this milestone comes just 19 months after the project launched. The company also notes that its seen 25 million installs of Cardboard apps from Google Play already, which shows that people are definitely interested in experimenting with them. The top five apps are Chair in a Room, Vrse, Lamper VR: Firefly Rescue, Caaaaaard-board! and Proton Pulse.
If you've wanted a way to show someone that their review of a particular app helped you, you'll be happy to see that you can now 'thumbs up' a review from the Google Play app. That's right, if you come across a review that you find worthy of being thanked, or liked, or acknowledged positively in some fashion, you can now do so right from your phone. To find helpful reviews, you can sort them by most helpful first, newest first or have the highest rated show up first. Previously, you were only able to use the button on the web, so it's great to see that make its way to the mobile app.
Amazon is hopping onto the advertise at the Super Bowl wagon that other companies have taken full advantage of. The online retailer has released a preview for its upcoming advertisement featuring Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino alongside Amazon Echo and personal assistant Alexa.
T-Mobile is offering a buy one get one half off deal on select smartphones that could save you some big money when upgrading or adding lines. That's right, if you purchase a qualified smartphone, you can get a second one at half price, but there are a few catches. You will need to purchase both phones from the same manufacturer, so if one person is getting one of the latest Samsung smartphones, you'll only be able to save on another Samsung smartphone.
Amazon has launched Prime Stations in the UK. The online retailer previously rolled out the feature – enabling those with Prime to take advantage of personalized genre-driven music stations – in the U. S., but now those in the UK will be able to tune into their favorite genres and enjoy. The feature is available to Prime members through the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, Mac, PC, as well as the web.
Lenovo has launched the Vibe X3 in the Indian market for ₹19,999 ($295). For that price, you're getting a phone with a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD slot.
When a bad snowstorm is on the horizon, your thoughts might immediately turn to a grocery store run to pick up the essentials before the shelves are picked bare, or making sure that you have salt and a shovel to handle the snow after it's hit the ground. What you probably didn't immediately think about is whether your tech is properly prepped to get through a bad storm unscathed. You can't check to see if the grocery store is open on Google Maps or grab that perfect snowy weather shot to share on Google Photos if you can't charge your phone.
The Google Store is currently offering a decent discount on both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, offering both devices for $50 off. This brings the starting price of the Nexus 5X down to $299, while the Nexus 6P now starts at $449.
We're no strangers to promo material showing up with review units, but this one was too strange to not share. Our review box from ASUS with the ZenFone Zoom came with a little owl figurine named Zenny and a card game called Zencredible Cards. The game is simple — place a white card with a black card with Zenny in front of whatever you are taking a picture of, and take that picture with the ZenFone Zoom.
It's also a totally shameless clone/parody of Cards Against Humanity.
For the uninitiated, Cards Against Humanity is a game that pairs black situation cards with white context cards in an effort to be the most offensive or hilarious in the round. Obviously ASUS isn't going to the same end goal here, but the layout couldn't be more clearly borrowed from this popular game.
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